We all like to roleplay experts on stuff and play the DIY game every once in a while. You fixed a few things around the house and now the garage door is not working as intended, so you decide to do some Googling, watch some YouTube videos, read a couple of tutorials, and voila, you are an expert on diagnosing and fixing your garage door issues.
Don’t get me wrong you still may be able to do all this by yourself, but if you are not really that experienced, then it is best to seek help from a professional technician since the risk of injury is pretty significant.
Sure, there arethings in your house you can fix, like a dripping kitchen faucet or a hole in the drywall. You might be even able to tackle a bit more complicated but still doable tasks like fixing your washing machine. However, a garage door can be pretty difficult to repair and really the safest and fastest way to fix them is to contact a seasoned professional.
Making Problems Even Worse
There is nothing wrong with trying to do all this by yourselfif your intentions are good and you want to save time and money and even learn something new by taking on this little assignment. You might be able to fix the garage door perfectly, but there’s a really good chance that you will mess up and cause even greater damage than there already was. Worst case scenario, you could get badly hurt, further damage the garage or items inside. It is quite unpredictable and dangerous and you should avoid that risk if you’re not completely sure you would be able to do this.
Beware of Falling
Numbers of accidents and deaths caused by falling are pretty staggering. Each year number of deaths caused by falling accidents is around 6000, which when you think about sounds silly and banal. But in the end, those were the same people as you who went for the riskier or even the more stubborn route.
You need to take all the precautions and be very careful around ladders and garage door and if possible avoid dangerous situations where falls can get very nasty.
Using the Wrong Tools
People like an easy way out and they feel confident that any tool can basically fix anything. Who really wants to go to the local store and get that specific tool which they would probably use only once and spend even more money? Garage repairs specifically require a special set of tools. So people endanger themselves, the garage and stuff in the garage, there is also the risk of damaging the tools and getting injured.
Collapsing Garage Door
You probably are aware how heavy garage door is, either steel or wooden, this is something you want to have control over all the time. It is not quite likely that doors will come crushing you down all by themselves, but if they do, the door itself can be damaged, the floor beneath or just about anything standing in between at that moment; your kids, your car, pets, etc.
Risky as they are, DIY repairs just might cause this kind of accident.
Using Any Parts You Can Get By
A common misconception with any DIY enthusiast is that when it comes to more difficult tasks you can improvise and adjust, which can be applied to some easier repairs around the house. But garage doors, complicated as they are, have many unique parts and materials which have to be used in order for them to work properly in the long run.
You might fix them with non-matching parts but you never know if those repairs will hold. Therefore, basically, it is a matter of time before the issues come back to haunt you. As confident and capable as you may be, a garage door requires a bit more specific knowledge and experience, and that should not be neglected.
Fixing Things That Actually Work
Just as any more complicated operation, repairing garage door requires some research and preparation. You need to learn how mechanisms operate and which part does what before diving into work. If you just follow your hunch or experience in general without doing any study you might actually end up ‘’fixing’’ the wrong thing. There are symptoms for every malfunction, and just as with a human being, getting rid of the symptom does not necessarily cure the disease.